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How To: Change Your IP Address on the iPhone

Ever run into Wi-Fi issues on your iPhone? Changing the IP Address on an iPhone is often a way to fix your Wi-Fi.

Note: this will only work depending on the configuration of DHCP setup of the wireless router

  1. On your iPhone, open the Settings app and select “Wi-Fi”
  2. Enable your Wi-Fi and make sure it connects to your router
  3. After your Wi-Fi has connected, click on the blue icon next to the Wi-Fi signal
  4. Scroll all the way down to the bottom and select “Renew Lease” and give your iPhone a few seconds to communicate with your router
  5. If your IP address starts with “169.X.X.X” there is likely something incorrect with your Wi-Fi. Otherwise, open Safari and enjoy exploring the Internet 

Another way to manually change your IP Address:

  1. Tap on “Configure IP” and select “Manual”
  2. Typically an IP address starts with 192.168.1.XXX. In the X you are able to choose any number between 2 to 200 (Unless you have multiple devices connected. Say, you have ten devices connected, you will have to give the X area of the IP address a number between 2 to 11 because you have ten different devices and the router counts as the first device; therefore you will have eleven devices)
  3. To fill in the rest of the information under “IP Address” just go back to the DHCP screen and fill in the same Subnet Mask, Router, and DNS that appears
  4. Then go back to the main page and the manual IP address should automatically save.

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